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TitleA finite element numerical study of the ocean circulation off the Newfoundland and Labrador shelf
AuthorLu, Zhaoshi, 1980-
DescriptionThesis (M.Sc.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Physics and Physical Oceanography
Paginationviii, 96 leaves : maps (chiefly col.)
SubjectOcean circulation--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador Shelf--Mathematical models; Ocean circulation--Newfoundland Shelf--Mathematical models; Tides--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador Shelf--Mathematical models; Tides--Newfoundland Shelf--Mathematical models.
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Physics and Physical Oceanography
DisciplinePhysics and Physical Oceanography
Spatial CoverageAtlantic Ocean--Labrador Shelf
Atlantic Ocean--Newfoundland Shelf
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 94-96)
AbstractQUODDY, a 3-D finite element numerical ocean model, is used to study the ocean circulation variability over the Labrador Shelf and Newfoundland Shelf, and the evolution patterns of the model temperature, salinity and currents. The effects of two different nudging schemes on the model solution are examined. One approach is to restore the model temperature and salinity toward their initial values (for the first M2 cycle) or toward evolving immediately preceding M2 cycle mean values (for the second and subsequent M2 cycle). The other approach is to fix the density but allow dynamical evolution of temperature and salinity. The moored measurements are used to evaluate the model circulation results and harmonic tidal analysis is used to analyze the simulated tidal results. The model simulated circulations are generally consistent with observations. The current comparison statistics indicate good qualitative agreement and approximate quantitative agreement with moored measurements. The comparison of two different schemes shows that the nudging approach of T/S is conceptually and dynamically more realistic than the pure diagnostic one. Tidal model results are consistent with those from previous studies.
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera2996763
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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